Adolph Hofner

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Decades: 1950s 1960s 1990s


8 June 1916, Moulton, Lavaca County, Texas, USA, d. 2 June 2000, San Antonio, Texas, USA. His father was part-German and his mother Czechoslovakian, and Hofner grew up initially speaking Czech and with a love of polka music. He and his brother Emil (b. 1918, d. 16 January 2002) both learned to play stringed instruments and by the early 30s, with Emil playing steel and Adolph standard guitar and aspiring to be a vocalist, the two played in a trio around the clubs of San Antonio, where the family had relocated in 1928. Adolph joined Jimmie Revard’s Oklahoma Playboys in 1935 and made his first recordings with them. By 1939, Adolph was a popular vocalist with his own band, the San Antonians, although during the war his name caused some problems until he became Dolph Hofner. He recorded a mixture of country, Texan and Czech music and later claimed to be the first artist to record ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’.

When, in the late 40s, polka music...

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